Trump's AG nominee to tighten H-1B visa norms

Trump's AG nominee to tighten H-1B visa norms

The new US administration will take steps, including pushing legislative measures to curb “abuse” of H-1B and L-1 visas by foreign workers, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for the post of Attorney General has assured US lawmakers.

The move could significantly hurt Indian IT firms and professionals.

“It’s simply wrong to think that we’re in a totally open world and that any American with a job can be replaced if somebody in the world is willing to take a job for less pay,” Senator Jeff Sessions told the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing for the position of Attorney General.

“We have borders. We have a commitment to our citizens and you have been a champion of that. I’ve been honoured to work with you on it,” Sessions said in response to a question from Senator Charles Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Trump has made tougher immigration policy a central theme since the day he announced he would run for President.

In the past, both Sessions and Grassley have worked together to bring legislation on H-1B visas that badly hit Indian IT companies.

The Office of Special Counsel for immigration related to unfair employment practices is an office within the Justice Department which would be headed by Sessions if he is confirmed by the US Senate.

The office enforces the anti-discrimination provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

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